Square Enix is known to drop a few surprises now and then, but I can honestly say no one saw this one coming. The company just announced at the Gamescom convention that they will be releasing Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 this fall. The game will follow the story of the original game and will be released in 10 chapters, with the first being free to try. It remains to be seen how much will be changed in the process, but the most obvious difference so far is in the game's art design. You know what? I'll let the trailer speak for me here.

Well... that's... that's certainly a thing, isn't it? Square is apparently hoping that the new art style and the user-friendly new touch controls will give the game more appeal for casual players. All of the characters from the adult-pants version are supposedly included, and all the thrills, spills, and chills of the narrative will also be packed in. Hm. I mean, I know some people that liked Final Fantasy XV, but I'm not sure it was for the story. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

As mentioned, the game will be available this fall worldwide, which puts it anywhere from late September to mid-December. All 10 chapters will be immediately available at launch, with the first being free to try and the others being paid IAPs. The last time Square used this kind of model for a mobile game was with Final Fantasy Dimensions, and I suppose that turned out okay-ish. Anyway, we'll have more for you on Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition when we get more details. For now, look forward to dozens of hours of fun staring at that... interesting interpretation of Gladiolus.